Team Fantastic Voyage includes Fernando Cornejo, Carlos Miranda, Chuck DiVerde, Tereva Parham and Ann Perry (not pictured). (Photo by Beth Whisman/WJBC)
By Beth Whisman
BLOOMINGTON - Local professionals with the Multicultural Leadership Program in McLean County have teamed up to help a local agency that offers support to homeless women and those who are recently released from prison.
The MCLP recruits diverse, talented teams of volunteers to help local nonprofits with special projects. The MCLP "Team Fantastic Voyage" was assigned to help Labyrinth Outreach Services for Women. In particular, member Chuck DiVerde said the organization had identified a hole in local public services for women who were transitioning back to society from "an incarcerated status."
That could include prison, parole or jail.
"There were literally no services to help the women," he said. Labyrinth contends there a significant cost savings to the general public when women are given tools for success, preventing another incarceration.
The group has a long-term mission to build a transition house for women in Bloomington-Normal. But for now, the Fantastic Voyage team is helping the agency build community awareness, improve its online presence and lay a foundation for future fundraising.
The teams will present its final Community Project Presentations (open to the public) on Saturday, March 9, 8-10:45 a.m. in the Heartland Community College, Astroth Auditorium.
The public is also invited to the annual graduation celebration on April 13, featuring Azim Khamisa – author, activist and inspirational speaker.
You will meet each of this year's MCLP teams during the midday show on WJBC through February.
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